Fri, Feb 26 8:00PM
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Artist Bios


The Congress is a Virginia-based four-piece, equal parts rock & roll, old-school soul, and outlaw country. Founded by Scott Lane and Jonathan Meadows, the band falls under the influence of the diverse music of their hometown of Richmond, where the spirit of soul music prevails with infusions of jazz, punk rock, and Appalachia. The Congress has been living in Denver, Colorado for several years but moved back to Richmond in 2015 and is touring on the East Coast and recording a second LP.

While writing and playing the songs that appear on this album across endless tours in 2014 and 2015--headlining and supporting Lake Street Dive, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Hard Working Americans--The Congress intentionally tracked a stripped down and revealing four piece record full of concise and poignant tunes. Recorded almost completely live with few overdubs in two distinct sounding rooms--Macy Sound Studios in Denver and Montrose in Richmond, Virginia--the result is an intimate and emotive set of songs and performances. The album ranges from confessional, wistful acoustic interludes (The Antidote, Farewell), to jump up rockers (Ain’t It Easy, The Game, September), to classic American psychedelica (The Poison, New Amsterdam) and country-fried blue eyed soul (When I Got the Time, Home Again, Farewell, This Ain't Livin').

Featuring reverb soaked, back road, group harmonies, soaring guitars, shout along choruses, bright percussion, lightly-colorful-to-pounding bar room piano, Hammond b-3 organ touches in all the right places--even Irish strings and samba breakdowns make appearances--across this spectrum of sounds and styles, it somehow all manages to still feel like Virginia.


Atlanta native, Parker Smith landed his first gig in September 2010 and fans immediately took a liking to his unique sound. Musical influences range from Taj Mahal to Talking Heads, self-described “acoustic roots with electric sprouts.” However, the band members attempt to steer clear of staying in one genre. They stress their passion about playing ‘real music with real instruments’ (no computers allowed on stage), and fans appreciate the originality and roots-oriented sound. According to one writer, “Parker Smith and the Bandwith are a great young band out of Atlanta. They’re a southern rock band in an essential way, though their songs run the gamut from sprawling,fast-paced jams to tight, quiet ballads. Smith’s lyrics, backed by tight guitar playing, are poignant and full of yearning: for a cleaner life, a distant woman, fresh ground. It’s honest, heartfelt music that—without taking itself too seriously—contemplates the space between who we are and what we want to be.”

Parker embarked on his “Solo Flight” tour in 2012 and the full band “Piedmont Summer Tour” in 2013 throughout the east coast. He continues to play solo acoustic and full band shows, mixing in carefully chosen covers with his growing list of originals. A compilation of recordings from his “Solo Flight” tour was released in April 2013.

In 2014 Parker moved to the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas and has been playing with some of the area’s finest musicians. They are currently working on the followup to their debut album “Garden Hills” and look forward to expanding their fan base in Texas.